Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition: Netbook for Fashionistas

Okay ladies, the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam edition is definitely something worth checking out. HP worked with top designer Vivienne Tam to make the Mini 1000 netbook look less geek and more chic. HP’s done a great job of making a small notebook that any fashionista would be happy to tote around.

I just received the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition a few days ago and was instantly impressed by the sleek red background/purple peony cover design. It came in a red box and was accompanied by a matching red mouse and shiny satin cover.

It is super light and can easily fit into my big purse. It almost looks like a small clutch at first glance and opens to a dashing red keyboard. The keyboard has a bit of glare to it and the printed letters can be hard to see, but once I started using it, I become more accustomed to it. The set-up was fairly easy and of course, there is a complimentary designer background on the monitor instead of the usual Windows background.

While I love the sleek look, as with all shiny devices, my grubby little fingerprints were showing up all over the keyboard and cover within a few minutes. It comes with a dust rag, so that will come in handy.

The satin sleeve it comes is too tight, making it quite difficult to get the device in and out of the bag. I’m going to get a cover that is a bit more sturdy and that fits properly.

The whole package fits comfortably into my purse, which I recently picked up from a boutique in Florence, Italy. I’d much rather carry a computer around like this than in a backpack or a black nylon bag.

When I pulled this out at lunch with my sister, she raved about the design and reacted to it the same way the my girlfriends did. Our friend’s little girl repeatedly asked me, “Where’s mine?”. A couple of women stopped by our table and inquired about it. One of them said she was going to buy one since it was only $700 and looked amazing.

While the design is a nice feature to have, as a girl on-the-go, the functionality will carry more weight for me in the long run. But why not have both fashion and function?

Stay tuned as we’ll take a closer look at the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition over the coming days and write a full review.